Mrs Dubai’s schooldays
“Mummy, did they use the cane when you were at school?”
Given that they phased out corporal punishment while I was at school I thought that was a very good question from DD.
“And did they have the Dunce hat?”
“Yep.” I went to a Grammar School that was big on punishments. The cane, the slipper, the ruler, the Dunce hat, lines, essays, detentions…
“Did you ever get it? The cane or the Dunce cap?”
“Not the cane, but yes, I had to wear the Dunce cap once.”
“It’s a long story…” [I won’t bore you with all the details, suffice to say it still amuses me to this day].
“Wow. And what about slates? What was it like writing on a slate?”
“Well, it’s just that we’re learning about Victorian times and you didn’t have paper and pens at school then, did you? I thought you had to write everything on slates with chalk…?”
Oh yes, that’d be right: Victorian times.